Woodward hired as Rangers manager after 3 years with Dodgers
Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward was hired as manager of the Texas Rangers on Saturday, six weeks after Jeff Banister was fired.
He received a three-year contract with a club option for 2022. He will be introduced at a news conference Monday.
Woodward inherits a team that went 67-95 and finished last in the AL West, with the focus turning to the development of younger players. Texas had its first consecutive losing seasons since 2005-08.
AP sources: Rangers interview Wakamatsu in manager search
Rangers bench coach Don Wakamatsu has interviewed for the vacant Texas manager's spot that he filled in an interim role for the final 10 games of the season.
According to people familiar with the details, the Rangers interviewed Wakamatsu and Philadelphia Phillies third base coach Dusty Wathan on Tuesday in Arlington. The team isn't making public comments about the initial round of interviews.
AP sources: Girardi interviewed in Rangers manager search
World Series champion Joe Girardi was interviewed Friday by the Texas Rangers in their search for a new manager.
Girardi, the former New York Yankees and Florida Marlins manager, was the first person with big league managerial experience interviewed by the Rangers as they look to replace fired manager Jeff Banister.
People familiar with the details said the Rangers interviewed Girardi inn Arlington. The team is making no public comments about the first round of managerial interviews.
AP sources: Rangers do 1st 3 interviews in manager search
The Texas Rangers have done their first interviews in the search to replace fired manager Jeff Banister.
According to people familiar with the details, the Rangers on Thursday interviewed Chicago Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde in Arlington, and did a phone interview with Astros bench coach Joe Espada because Houston is preparing for the start of the ALCS against Boston. The team is making no public comments about candidates being interviewed.
Rangers GM likely to interview 5-8 manager candidates
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels expects to interview five to eight candidates in his search for the team's new manager.
Daniels wasn't prepared Tuesday to talk about a list of potential candidates to replace Jeff Banister, who was fired with 10 games left in the season. But the GM talked about some of the potential characteristics he was considering in the search.
Rangers’ new manager will have youngsters, likely no Beltre
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The new manager of the Texas Rangers, whomever that may be, will have a talented group of 20-something position players who got a lot of experience during a 95-loss season.
After deciding who will replace Jeff Banister, general manager Jon Daniels has to find some starting pitchers.
Beltre shines as Rangers top M’s 8-3 in rain-shortened game
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Adrian Beltre's excitement over a three-run homer, season-high five RBIs and Texas' 8-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners in a rain-shortened game Friday night was muted hours after the Rangers fired manager Jeff Banister.
"Weird day. Lot of stuff going on. Lot of rain," said Beltre, who passed Stan Musial and Willie Stargell with his 476th career home run and passed Reggie Jackson and Jim Thome in career RBIs with 1,703. "But we survived this day."
Texas Rangers fire Banister after consecutive losing seasons
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers fired manager Jeff Banister on Friday after the team stumbled to its first consecutive losing records in 10 years following AL West titles in each of his first two seasons.
Texas announced the move with 10 games left in Banister's fourth season, and general manager Jon Daniels said the decision wasn't based on the record.
Chirinos’ 3 RBIs lead Rangers past Padres 6-3
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Robinson Chirinos and the Rangers broke through in the sixth inning, and the bullpen made that lead stand on a long work night for Texas' relievers.
Chirinos hit a three-run double and Isiah Kiner-Falefa followed with a pinch-hit RBI double during a five-run sixth inning to help the Rangers beat the San Diego Padres 6-3 on Saturday night.
Profar, Mendez lead Rangers to 4-0 win over Padres
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Using an "opener" for an inning ahead of a traditional starter worked so well for the Texas Rangers on Friday night that they'll do it again on Saturday night.
Yohander Mendez followed opener and fellow rookie Connor Sadzeck by scattering three hits in five relief innings and Jurickson Profar had a two-run home run among his three hits to lead the Rangers to a 4-0 victory against the San Diego Padres.
Beltre, young sluggers homer as Rangers beat Twins 7-4
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Adrian Beltre will play as often as his troublesome hamstring will let him in the final month of his 21st and possibly final season.
And it will all be with the last-place Texas Rangers.
Beltre hit his 470th career homer after 23-year-old sluggers Nomar Mazara and Ronald Guzman went deep, helping the Rangers stop a five-game losing streak with a 7-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night.
Rangers pitcher Colon goes on disabled list with back strain
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Texas Rangers right-hander Bartolo Colon has been put on the 10-day disabled list because of a strained lower back.
The 45-year-old Colon is 7-11 with a 5.45 ERA. The Rangers made the move before Friday night's game at San Francisco.
Colon was scratched from a start last Sunday against the Angels because of back stiffness. He pitched Monday at Oakland and was tagged for seven runs and 10 hits in five innings. Colon had won two starts in a row after losing five straight.
Rangers go deep twice to back Minor in 4-2 win over A’s
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Shin-Soo Choo's home run on the first pitch of the game ensured the Texas Rangers would avoid a third consecutive shutout.
A fourth straight strong outing from Mike Minor was just as big for manager Jeff Banister's ballclub.
Minor pitched six scoreless innings of one-hit ball to win his fourth straight, Joey Gallo backed up Choo with his 33rd homer and the Rangers snapped out of their offensive slump to avoid a series sweep, beating the Oakland Athletics 4-2 on Wednesday.
Rougned Odor drives in 3 for Rangers in 6-4 win over Angels
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Rougned Odor and the Texas Rangers quickly got after yet another new Angels pitcher.
Odor's two-run single capped a five-run outburst in the second inning off recently acquired Odrisamer Despaigne, the 14th starting pitcher used by Los Angeles this season, and the Rangers went on to a 6-4 win on Friday night.
Profar starts triple play and homers, Rangers rally past LAA
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Triple plays are rare enough to begin with. Jurickson Profar and the Texas Rangers turned one that was especially unusual Thursday night.
In fact, it had been more than a century since there was another one like it in the majors.
"It was an all-around heads-up play by Profar," Texas manager Jeff Banister said. "Very slow heartbeat in that moment."
Goldschmidt homers, Corbin sharp in D-backs 6-4 win at Texas
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks have scored more runs in the first inning this season than any team in baseball.
After Paul Goldschmidt's 27th homer in the first put the NL West-leaders ahead to stay, the Diamondbacks tacked on enough runs to back All-Star lefty Patrick Corbin's seven strong innings in a 6-4 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.
Beltre out of Rangers lineup after hurting hamstring again
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre has initially avoided going on the disabled list for the third time this season because of a troublesome left hamstring.
Beltre was out of the lineup Tuesday, a night after the active career hits leader re-aggravated the hamstring injury that has already put him on the DL twice this year. He got hurt when scoring from second base on a bloop single to left-center field.
Gallo, Gallardo stay hot, Rangers beat Mariners 11-7
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Yovani Gallardo and Joey Gallo both remain on a roll for the Texas Rangers.
Gallo homered twice and drove in four runs, Gallardo won his fourth straight start and the Rangers held off the Seattle Mariners 11-7 on Wednesday.
Gallardo (7-1) leads the majors with seven wins since June 23. He allowed three hits, two runs and three walks while striking out two in six innings.
Gallo, Odor HR in 3rd straight for Texas in win over O’s
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — A trifecta for Joey Gallo and Rougned Odor backed an efficient seven innings by Mike Minor as the Texas Rangers won a close game after a pair of lopsided wins.
Gallo and Odor both homered for the third straight game, this time in a 3-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday night after the Rangers had scored a combined 28 runs to win each of the first two games in the series by at least eight runs.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Rangers center fielder Delino DeShields has been placed on the disabled list with post-concussion syndrome more than three weeks after banging the back of his head when trying to make a sliding catch.
The Rangers announced the move Saturday, a day after DeShields was scratched from the starting lineup because of headaches and placed on MLB's seven-day concussion DL. The earliest he could return is next Friday.
Rangers score 10 in first 2 innings, beat Orioles 17-8
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Jurickson Profar helped the Texas Rangers get a big win in a matchup of retooling teams, and hand the struggling Baltimore Orioles another low this season.
Jurickson Profar hit a three-run home run and a run-scoring single as Texas scored 10 runs during the first two innings, Rougned Odor homered and walked a career-high five times, and the Rangers routed the Orioles 17-8 Thursday night.
PHOENIX (AP) — A storm knocked out the lights at Chase Field. The Texas Rangers are starting to find a little of their power, even if it is too late.
Shin-Soo Choo homered twice and had four RBIs, helping the Rangers rally after a power outage delay to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-5 Monday night.
HOUSTON (AP) — Jurickson Profar had just taken a cleat to the face and blood was trickling down his left cheek when Texas manager Jeff Banister went out to check on him in the sixth inning Sunday.
Before Banister could say anything, his young shortstop spoke. "He told me he wasn't coming out of the game," Banister said.
Profar hit a go-ahead double deflected by the pitcher and stayed in despite his injury as the Rangers became the first team to sweep Houston this year, beating the Astros 4-3.
Odor hits two home runs, Rangers beat Astros 7-3
HOUSTON (AP) — Rougned Odor seems to have found his swagger again for the Rangers just as the Astros placed Jose Altuve on the disabled list for the first time in his career.
Odor hit two home runs, including one inside-the-park, and went 5-for-5 as the Texas Rangers beat Justin Verlander and the Houston Astros 7-3 on Saturday.
HOUSTON (AP) — The Texas Rangers capped a difficult day with a big win over their in-state rival on Friday night.
Robinson Chirinos hit a two-run homer and Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Jurickson Profar added solo shots as the Rangers romped to a lopsided 11-2 win over the Houston Astros on a day Texas dealt veteran left-hander Cole Hamels to the Cubs in what could be just the first of several moves to come.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers are going to get another big league look at the top prospect they got in the trade for Yu Darvish last summer.
Outfielder Willie Calhoun was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock on Friday for his first stint in the majors this season after the Rangers put outfielder Nomar Mazara on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right thumb.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Ryan Rua has struggled over his young career as a pinch hitter for the Texas Rangers.
However, he made the most of the opportunity against the free-falling Baltimore Orioles.
Rua had a tiebreaking, pinch-hit three-run homer in the seventh inning and the Rangers held on to beat the Orioles 5-4 Friday night to snap a three-game losing streak.
DETROIT (AP) — Texas manager Jeff Banister was ejected from Sunday's game at Detroit in the second inning after one of his players was called out for interference.
With men on first and second and the Rangers already up 2-0, Carlos Tocci dropped a bunt and took off for first. The throw hit him and bounced away, and it looked like Texas had scored a run on the play, but Tocci was called out for interference, and the runners were sent back to first and second.
Gallo, Guzman lead Rangers to win over Tigers
DETROIT (AP) — The Texas Rangers were great until the rain showed up. After that, they were holding on.
The Rangers led 5-0 when heavy showers forced a 29-minute rain delay in the top of the fourth inning Thursday night. The first batter after the delay hit a two-run homer to give the Rangers a 7-0 lead, but it was all Detroit Tigers after that.
Minor perfect into seventh, Rangers beat Padres 5-2
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Mike Minor wasn't so broken up about losing his perfect game bid in the seventh inning. He would've liked a shot at a complete-game shutout, though.
Minor took a perfect game into the seventh inning, Shin-Soo Choo reached base for the 40th straight game and the Texas Rangers beat the San Diego Padres 5-2 on Wednesday night.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Shin-Soo Choo changed up his swing going into this season with a modified leg kick. Maybe more significant was a return to some of the mental focus he had lost along the way.
"Every pitch, each pitch, is the last pitch of my baseball career ... I think that way," Choo said.
After a slow start to this season, Choo realized he had gotten away from what he refers to as the "sniper focus" he wants to have every time he goes to the plate for the Texas Rangers.
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Texas has won seven in a row, and things got a little testy Saturday during a 9-6 victory at Target Field. Jurickson Profar tied a Rangers record when he was hit by pitches three times. Profar stole second base in the fourth inning with a 9-2 lead — his next at-bat, Minnesota reliever Addison Reed threw three inside fastballs, finally hitting him in the leg.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Texas Rangers sent rookie left-hander Yohander Mendez back to Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday for violating team rules.
Mendez was supposed to start Wednesday's series finale against Kansas City. But right-hander Austin Bibens-Dirkx will get the ball instead.
"It's not criminal, nothing involving MLB or the police," general manager Jon Daniels said. "There will be a program that we'll work with Yohander on."
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Elvis Andrus is back in the Texas lineup after his first trip to the disabled list.
Andrus, a two-time All-Star for the Rangers, was activated Monday for the series opener against the Kansas City Royals. He missed 59 games after a pitch by Kenyan Middleton broke his right elbow in an April 11 game against the Los Angeles Angels.
Gallardo returns to Rangers, starts against Rockies
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Yovani Gallardo is back with the Texas Rangers for the first time in three years.
The right-hander who grew up in nearby Fort Worth was selected from the Triple-A Round Rock roster. He was set to start Sunday at home against the Colorado Rockies.
The 32-year-old Gallardo went 13-11 with a 3.42 ERA for Texas in 2015, and signed a free-agent contract with Baltimore in 2016.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Houston manager A.J. Hinch thought it was clear that Texas closer Keone Kela balked with the go-ahead run at third base in the ninth inning.
Rangers counterpart Jeff Banister says he had never seen a balk ruling after umpires didn't make the call immediately when a pitch was thrown.
Either way, the Astros have the first four-game sweep of their Texas rivals.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Rougned Odor keeps finding himself at the center of critical moments, and Los Angeles Angels fans keep finding him with their jeers.
It worked out a little better for the Texas Rangers' fiery second baseman Saturday night.
Odor beat a throw home by left fielder Justin Upton on Ronald Guzman's single in the 10th inning, lifting Texas over the Angels 3-2.
SEATTLE (AP) — Even without injured stars Adrian Beltre and Elvis Andrus, catcher Robinson Chirinos still sees plenty of potential in the Texas Rangers' lineup.
And the past two nights, the Rangers flashed late-game maturity to go along with it in topping the Seattle Mariners.
Chirinos' tiebreaking two-run double in the seventh inning capped another late-inning rally, and the Rangers beat Seattle 7-6 on Wednesday.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — From across the diamond, Kansas City closer Kelvin Herrera marveled at the oldest player in the major leagues — Texas pitcher Bartolo Colon, who turned 45 Thursday.
"I used to have pictures of him in my bedroom," Herrera recalled of his countryman, from his teenage days in the Dominican Republic. "He was my idol."
CHICAGO (AP) — The Texas Rangers have put left-hander Matt Moore on the 10-day disabled list with right knee soreness.
The Rangers recalled right-hander Ariel Jurado from Double-A Frisco. The 22-year-old Jurado was scheduled to start Saturday night against the Chicago White Sox in his major league debut. He was 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA in six starts for Frisco this season.
Hamels’ status remains up in the air for Rangers
CHICAGO (AP) — Cole Hamels' status remained up in the air a day after the Texas Rangers scratched the left-hander from his scheduled start because of neck stiffness.
Manager Jeff Banister was waiting for Hamels to play catch Friday before making an announcement. The Rangers have not said who will start Saturday's game against the White Sox. Hamels could be an option if he's ready, though Banister says that's "to be determined."
HOUSTON (AP) — Texas third baseman Adrian Beltre left Sunday's 6-1 loss to Houston in the seventh inning after aggravating a left hamstring injury.
Beltre fielded a Max Stassi slow chopper and was trying to tag Yuli Gurriel at third on the play before he came out.
Beltre was activated off the disabled list on May 8 after missing 12 games with a left hamstring strain. He said the injury felt similar to the earlier strain but in a different spot.
HOUSTON (AP) — Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister said there was a noticeable edge to starter Cole Hamels when he took the mound on Friday night against the Houston Astros and that he "had that face."
Hamels put his early season woes behind him, allowing just one hit over six innings to narrowly outduel Justin Verlander in a 1-0 win over the Astros.
TORONTO (AP) — Eleven games into his big league career, Ronald Guzman is displaying the poise of a veteran in pressure situations.
Guzman hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in the sixth inning, and the Texas Rangers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 on Friday night, winning a series opener for the first time in nine tries.
Rangers 3B Beltre on the DL again with another leg issue
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is on the disabled list again with another leg issue, and is the third Texas starting infielder out with an injury.
"It's a gut punch," manager Jeff Banister said. "It doesn't feel good."
Rangers avoid series sweep with 7-4 win over Mariners
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Martin Perez and Jake Diekman worked out of bases-loaded jams, and center fielder Delino DeShields had a homer-robbing catch in his first game back in the lineup for the Texas Rangers.
With that pitching and defense, and big homers by Nomar Mazara and Joey Gallo in the same inning, the Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners 7-4 on Sunday to avoid a series sweep.
"The look in his eyes, we talk about body language," manager Jeff Banister said of Perez. "He still was in control."
Moore goes 7 strong innings, Rangers beat Rays 7-2
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Matt Moore had a successful return to Tropicana Field.
Moore allowed an unearned run over seven innings in his first start against his former team, and the Texas Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-2 on Tuesday night.
"A great night in a place that he's been very comfortable in through his career," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "Seemed to be in control with a great curveball, changeup mix."
Rangers have quite an array in plans for rotation variation
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — The Texas Rangers have quite an array of pitching candidates behind ace Cole Hamels along with a working plan for some variation outside of a traditional five-man rotation.
Manager Jeff Banister hinted throughout the offseason about the possibility of a six-man rotation.
Rangers know they have challenges in tougher AL West
Adrian Beltre goes into his 21st major league season still seeking a World Series title. The offseason for the Texas Rangers likely would have gone much differently if the third baseman and 3,000-hit club member was their general manager.